- Excessive parking, breakfast, and Wi-Fi fees
- Bland decor
- No in-room safes
Unremarkable hotel in a suburban location that caters to Microsoft visitors
Chances are, if you book a room at the Redmond Marriott Town Center, it’s because you want to be near the Microsoft campus -- that’s the main draw of this seven-story chain hotel located in a sprawling, open-air mall about 30 minutes east of downtown Seattle. It’s actually attached to Redmond Town Center, a shopping-and-dining destination for local “Eastsiders” (those who live on the east side of Lake Washington); which means, on the one hand, there’s easy access to anything you might want to buy or eat. But on the flip side, you’ll have equal access to mall crowds, which may not be as desirable. Somewhat annoyingly, the hotel nickels-and-dimes you for services that other Marriott properties -- such as the Marriott Residence Inn/Redmond, literally a one-minute walk out the door -- automatically include in the price of your room. At Town Center, you’ll pay for parking (even though it’s a mall lot); Wi-Fi (even though the entire mall has free high-speed Internet service); and breakfast (even though it’s free at the Residence Inn across the street). The convenience of staying close to the tech companies can’t be beat, but there are better deals to be had at surrounding hotels.
Redmond is the place to be if you’ve got a Microsoft meeting -- or a hankering for a wine tour
Scenic, tree-lined Redmond is a beautiful suburb of Seattle...but aside from being home to Microsoft and a really terrific shopping mall, it’s not a town that lends itself to much sightseeing. And that’s why the Redmond Marriott Town Center is a great choice for those doing business on the Eastside, but not so much for those wishing to spend most of their time in Downtown Seattle. If your visit includes excursions to some of the outlying destinations, then this might be a logical place to stay: You’re minutes from Marymoor Park -- a popular summer concert venue -- as well as quick driving distance to Snoqualmie Falls (home of Salish Lodge, which was where the show Twin Peaks was filmed), skiing, and several popular wineries.
The 200-300-square foot rooms here are nothing to write home about. You’ll find run-of-the-mill, outdated decor, smallish bathrooms, and heat/AC controls that have perplexed even the smartest of guests. However, if you’re lucky enough to book one of the four suites on the property -- or a room on a high floor -- you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Cascade Mountains. Concierge-Level guests benefit from a seventh-floor lounge that offers (in addition to said views) free daily hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages, and a pay-bar.
An outdoor pool and Jacuzzi and a decent fitness center -- but extra fees for in-room Wi-Fi and parking
An American restaurant and a steakhouse
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